The Health Centre would like to welcome two new nurses this term and introduce ourselves and tell you a little bit about who we all are.
19 years as a Specialist Paediatric Nurse. Trained in Cardiff and worked UK and Australia wide from the outback to paediatric intensive care. I am extremely Passionate about health promotion and empowering boys to make educated decisions about their health and wellbeing. I have five children of my own, who attend school here and at St Hildas. I believe humour is important when looking after boys and particularly sick boys, it helps to relax them and the difficult situations they sometimes find themselves in. I will often use it to help the boys with resilience and to break down barriers.
I have been a school based nurse for the past 16 years also working in paediatric units, adolescent mental health in Rockhampton, Toowoomba and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. My passion is young people and I enjoy the interactions and feel privileged to contribute to their lives. I am married have three children of my own and blessed to have five gorgeous grandchildren.
This is my fifth year working at TSS as the night nurse. I have been a registered nurse for 12 years working in Sydney at the Mater and now at the Gold Coast Private Hospital in the Orthopaedic ward.
I live on the campus with my husband Spencer and our son Duke. I really enjoy meeting, and caring for the boys and learning about their lives. We love being on campus and being a part of the boarding community.
I have worked at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne for 17 years and concurrently with Monash Health, Melbourne, until I my family and I relocated to the Gold Coast in 2016. My experience at RCH was across Respiratory, Adolescent, Emergency, Oncology, and Allergy.
From 2006 I became a Paediatric Dermatology Nurse Consultant both at RCH and Monash while still working on wards at RCH. Since moving to Queensland I have worked as a Clinical Nurse in Allergy & Immunology at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
I then was delighted to take the role as the TSS Preparatory School Registered nurse at the beginning of this year. I am enjoying this immensely and want to extend my career at The Southport School Senior Health Centre to support the Boarders by promoting and assisting with proactive healthcare initiatives across the school community.
I have moved up to Queensland this year with my husband Ashley Crook (Biddle Assistant Housemaster) and my 3 girls, Zoe 10, Meg 8, and Gemma 6.
I have studied a Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Health Promotion, and have post graduate certificates in Child Health and Immunisation. My background is in paediatric nursing where I have worked for many years in surgical and adolescent health.
Once having children I started to be involved with immunisation and worked with local councils doing the infant and school vaccine programs.
Over the last 2 years I have lived and worked at Geelong Grammar School Timbertop campus as a school nurse and performing unit duties, which is a bit like a duty by a house resident here at TSS. This program has given me experience in wilderness first aid and exposure to many different adolescent health issues that can arise in a boarding environment.
My family and I are really enjoying living in Biddle House and being involved in the school. I look forward to a happy and healthy year at TSS in the Health Centre!
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